Home made Corn tortillas
Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Maseca (ground corn) Safeway has it, but less $$ at a Latin store
Lemon or lime juice
can add seeds or herbs
For 2 or so tortillas, I use about 1/4 cup Maseca, just enough liquid to make a firm dough. Maybe a good tablespoon of lemon or lime juice and the rest water. I toss in just a pinch or so of salt. There is a recipe on the back of the bag with exact measurements.
I use a tortilla press. I don't like the aluminum one, I get the heavy iron one. Roll a bit of your dough into a ball about the size of a golf ball. I split open a large ziploc bag and press the dough in between the plastic (I line the press with the plastic and place the dough in between the layers. of ziploc) After pressing, (you don't need a lot of pressure) if you peel off the top layer of the bag, and lay the tortilla across your hand, then slowly peel off the the other layer.
I cook them on a hot griddle. Personally I use a comal which is just a thin metal griddle. Again, I purchased mine in a Latin store. I lay the tortilla flat across the palm of one hand, starting at an edge, above the comal, I sort of roll the tortilla off my hand on to the comal. I believe there is a video on the web that shows this process.
I also use a tortilla warmer to keep them warm until they are all done. All said and done, my Maseca, press, comal, and warmer cost about about $35.00. A bag of Maseca runs about $3.00 - $6.00 depending on where you purchase it. It lasts a long time and they are wonderful! Enjoy.
PS. I tried to be detailed for newbies, if you need more detail, let me know. I am happy to help!
Should probably give you a warning, after you have fresh, going back to store bought isn't fun!
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